The Midstate Trail runs 92 miles through
Worcester County, Massachusetts.
Yellow triangles mark the trail. A map and
compass are important for safety, but you won't
need them to follow the trail.
The north end of the trail is on the New
Hampshire border in Ashburnham, MA. The
north part of the Midstate Trail overlaps with
the south part of the Wapack Trail, which runs
north into New Hampshire for 19 miles.
The south end of the trail is on the Rhode
Island border in Douglas, MA. It connects to
the Rhode Island North-South Trail, which
runs south 75 miles to the Atlantic Ocean.
Getting to the north end of the trail: Start at
the parking lot for Watatic Mountain, on Route
119 in Ashburnham, MA, just west of the
intersection with Route 101. The Midstate
Trail runs about 2.5 miles north to the New
Hampshire border, passing over Watatic
Mountain. If you don't feel like hiking up the
mountain twice, blue triangles mark a cut-off
trail. Using the cut-off and part of the Midstate
Trail, it is only 1.1 miles from 119 to NH.
Getting to the south end of the trail: On
Southwest Main Street in Douglas, MA, almost
at the Connecticut border, there is a gated road
leading southeast and marked "19." Hike down
this road as it turns into a trail, ignoring side
paths and roads. In less than half a mile you
will intersect the Midstate Trail, and see the
H Irst of its yellow triangles. Heading
southbound, it is less than a mile to Rhode
Island and the start of the trail.
For more information about the Massachusetts
Midstate Trail, contact the Midstate Trail
Committee at 508.797.9744 or
www.midstatetrail.org. They publish the H !ne
Massachusetts Midstate Trail Guide, which has all
the maps you need for the trail.
The following usgs quads cover the trail south to
north: Uxbridge, Webster, Worcester South,
Worcester North, North Brookfield, Barre, Sterling,
This guide is not published or endorsed by the
Midstate Trail Committee. Please send comments,
suggestions, and additions to:
"Nameless Mike" Benedetti
52 Mason Street
Worcester MA 01610
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Muddy Pond Shelter
convenience store/ / wachusett Mountain
Moose Hill Shelter
Buck Hill Shelter
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Douglas Forest Shelter
Camping: The greatest challenge to thru-hiking the
Midstate Trail is the lack of established campsites.
Although there are 3~!ve shelters, they are not spaced
evenly — according to the Midstate Trail Guide, there is a
37-mile gap between Douglas Forest Shelter and Moose
Hill Shelter, and a 35-mile gap between Long Pond Shelter
and Muddy Pond Shelter. Hiking shelter-to-shelter is
possible, but grueling.
The shelters are wooden, three-sided structures. There
are no outhouses at the shelters.
Most of the shelters are open to hikers. To use Muddy
Pond Shelter, call the Westminster Conservation
Commission: 978.874.0863. To use Long Pond Shelter,
call Bill Pula at the Massachusetts Dept. of Conservation
and Recreation: 413.323.6921 .
Except where the trail is on roads, the area alongside
the trail is mostly undeveloped and suitable for camping —
with the permission of the land owner or manager.
Some maps show a campground on the trail at Wee
Laddie Pond. This is now a private, fenced-in facility.
Terrain: The trail winds through swamps, suburbs,
woods, and mountains. In late spring and summer, it is
The trail crosses many clear brooks and streams, and at
least one spring. Some of the water sources flow through
populated areas or farms. All water should be purified.
The highest point on the trail is the summit of
Wachusett Mountain. Some of the finest views on the trail
are from Watatic Mountain and the Crow Hills.
Mileage table: Mileages in the table were calculated by
rolling a wheeled map measurer on the maps in the 2002
Midstate Trail Guide. Some trail relocations are included.
Distances are approximate, and may be outdated. The
length of the trail is given as 92 miles in the Midstate
0.0 MA/NH border 88.3
1.4 Watatic Mountain (1832') 86.9
2.2 Route 119 86.1
8.9 Route 12. Ashburnham center is 79.4
1.2 miles west. Convenience
store, pay phone, restaurants.
11.3 Muddy Pond Shelter. Nice 77.0
23.4 Wachusett Mountain Ski Area. 64.9
Ask for water.
25.5 Wachusett Mountain (2006') 62.8
34.4 Route 68 & East Branch Ware 53.9
River. Convenience store, no
phone. Pout & Trout
$18-20 per campsite) is 1.0
mile north on River Road.
Barre Falls Dam
Long Pond Shelter. Piped spring
near trail 0.2 miles south.
Buck Hill Shelter. No water.
Moose Hill Shelter. Stagnant
French River footbridge
Route 12. Oxford center is 1.1
miles south. Large pharmacy,
pay phone, restaurants. If you're
going into Oxford, taking
Sutton and Lovett saves 1.7 mi.
Douglas Forest Shelter down
side trail. No water.
88.3 MA/RI border